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The School

Nowra is part of the Shoalhaven District on the South Coast of New South Wales. Nowra High School draws students from as far north as Gerringong and from as far south as Ulladulla. The purpose of the school is to ensure that students: exhibit high self esteem as learners and individuals; be self directed as learners and responsible members of the community; achieve academically through the development of thinking, appraisal and understanding skills; generalise learning and knowledge to a wide variety of contexts; demonstrate concern for the environment, self and others; establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships; lead a healthy lifestyle; and demonstrate teamwork skills and attitudes.

The Project

On July 3rd, poet Gabrielle 'Journey' Jones led workshops with students from Nowra High School in collaboration with Bundanon Trust as part of Red Room Poetry's New Shoots project, celebrating, cultivating and collecting poems inspired by plants.
Bundanon Trust supports arts practice and engagement with the arts through its residency, education, exhibition and performance programs. With New Shoots, Bundanon is uncovering the secret stories of the leaves and trees around us. 

Read the student poems here

The Poet

Gabrielle "Journey" Jones

Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, percussionist and event producer born on sovereign Gadigal Land, Sydney, Australia.  She is from Maori and African American bloodlines and lives in the Illawarra, NSW with her family.   

Gabrielle has shared her poetry on open mics and by invitation at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry "Spoken Medicine" was published in October 2017 by Ginninderra Press.  

Gabrielle spends most of her time being wholeheartedly inspired by creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism, inclusion and compassion. 

Gabrielle encourages everyone she meets to speak their own medicine – to share the stories of their life journey in whatever forms feel safe, healing, authentic and most useful to them. 

Gabrielle facilitates spoken word poetry workshops, teaches drumming and leads drum circles. She is currently involved in a range of collaborative projects and events including with Unspoken Words; Red Room Poetry; Kind Art Ed; South Coast Writers Centre; and the Tasmanian Poetry Festival.